One Tree Hill: Violence and Brooding
Last night's One Tree Hill makes a third episode ending in violence this season, and it's the second time someone has died during the series from a Dan-inflicted gunshot. But that Nanny Carrie certainly is resilient! We thought she was dead the first time Dan shot her, but she survived to taunt him one last time before he finally finished her off.
The Nanny Carrie/Jamie/Haley/Dan/Deb plot was the bloodiest of the night, but other plotlines had us equally intrigued. Most of the Tree Hill gang spent the episode apart -- let's catch up on what everyone was up to:
What's up with Lucas? He's going to NYC for a meeting... with Lindsey. And he hasn't told her about him and Peyton yet. Uh oh. When he arrives, he wants to tell Lindsey the news, but she cuts him off -- she wants to avoid awkwardness. She shows Lucas the cover of his new book, The Comet, and he's blown away.
The publishing company wants to send Lucas on a major book tour, but one of the dates conflicts with something big... his and Peyton's wedding. Lucas finally tells Lindsey why he has to change the date, and she doesn't take the news well. Emotional and teary, she tells him she wishes he had just called instead of coming to her office.
What's up with Peyton? She's excited because she's set a date for her and Lucas's wedding. She heads to Brooke's store to get a dress, and Brooke is in a terrible mood. Peyton calls her out on it, and Brooke apologizes -- she's had a rough time with Victoria. Peyton's SO happy -- life is going great! But she finally notices that Brooke's maybe not so happy and asks what's up. Brooke won't say anything, though.
Later, Peyton hangs out with Mick Wolf in the studio. He shares more stories about knowing Ellie, and she's intrigued. They bond over their shared love of music. Peyton asks Mick to come over to meet Lucas and tell her all about her dad, but he tells her to be careful what she wishes for. She still wants to know, so he agrees to come over.
Peyton calls Lucas in tears, convinced that Mick is her dad. She just knows. Lucas questions it, but she's sure.
What's up with Haley? She gets a weird phone call from someone who wants to meet with her -- the person claims to be in the hospice industry. But it's really Nanny Carrie trying out a faux British accent. Haley's not sure how to handle the situation, especially when Jamie asks to say goodbye to Grandpa Dan. She finally agrees that they should go to Dan.
What's up with Nathan? He gets a call from the NBA, and they want to meet with him! The family is thrilled. He flies to meet with a coach and check out the training area... only to discover that they want him to coach, not play. Ouch! Nathan's stunned. He argues that he can still play, but the NBA rep wants a coach.
What's up with Brooke? She's got a lot on her plate -- Victoria is taking back the company and the store, just as Brooke's dealing with shoplifter Sam. Later, in therapy, Brooke tells her doctor that she was a little jealous of Sam's devil-may-care attitude. When the therapist asks Brooke if she regrets giving up the company, Brooke hesitates.
What's up with Nanny Carrie? She's digging a giant grave... for Dan. Her evil plans are coming to fruition -- she's planning to kill Dan today and get Jamie back.
What's up with Dan? Like the last few episodes, he's stuck sitting in bed while Nanny Carrie taunts him with her evil plans.
How does it all wrap up? Peyton lights candles and puts on music like she's waiting for a date... but she gets stood up. Looks like talking to his possible daughter is too much for Mick; he's spending the night at a bar instead. And Lucas is still in NYC. Peyton spends the night alone and ends up blowing out the candles sadly.
Lucas finds Lindsey in a nearby bar, and they make amends. She tells him she always supported the couple in his book -- and it seems like now she realizes that couple was and always has been Lucas and Peyton. She gives Lucas a copy of his new book, and after he leaves, he sees that she's written a nice message in there for him. Looks like these two are ready to start a new chapter (yes, we went there) in their lives.
After the initial shock, Nathan talks more with the NBA rep about coaching. He seems to be considering it, but he says he needs to talk with his family first. The rep agrees and tells him he can have a few days to think it over.
Brooke's therapist observes that she's been so focused on work, but when she cites her friends' successes, she always refers to their relationships with loved ones. Is it possible Brooke needs to work on her own relationships a little more so she doesn't always go through life alone? She also suggests Brooke work on starting over with a new business venture now that Clothes over Bros is no more.
Later, Brooke's at a diner and about to pay her bill when she finds out it's been covered -- Shoplifter Sam got it for her. The two have an almost-bonding moment, but it's ruined when Sam complains that her mom is waiting up for her, worried, and Brooke tells her it's not such a bad thing to have a mom who worries.
Brooke's sitting alone in her store when someone enters... it's Millicent! She's interested in working for Brooke's new business venture, but more importantly, she's there for Brooke during a really tough time of transition. Brooke seems so happy to have a friend she can count on.
Haley takes Jamie to see Dan and tells him to wait in the car (why!?). But when Haley gets inside and sees Dan's dire situation, Nanny Carrie knocks her out and then goes out to the car in pursuit of Jamie. While she's hunting for an ax to break the windows, Jamie makes a quick getaway. Carrie chases him through a mazelike cornfield.
Haley comes to and finds Jamie, but her ringing cell phone gives away their location, and Carrie chases them again. They're running just ahead of her, when all of a sudden Carrie's knocked out... by none other than Deb! She used a bottle of champagne she'd been saving (for when Dan was finally off her hands) to knock out the nanny. Dan emerges, bloody and shaken, and they're talking with Haley when Carrie comes to and lunges for Haley and Deb with the ax. Dan shoots her. We thought she was dead, but she comes to once again during the episode's final moments. Dan reminds her what he told her about coming near his family, and he raises the gun again and shoots. This time, Dan really does seem to kill her.
What did you think of the episode? Did you like the Nanny Carrie plot? What do you think about Brooke's next steps? Should Nathan coach or hold out so he can play? What about the return of Lindsey? Tell us everything in the comments!